How to Start an In-Home Daycare

If you are considering an in home daycare you should first ask yourself some important questions. These include whether or not you are truly prepared to open your home to the public and care for children you dont know. Also, you need to find out if your spouse and other family members support your idea or not. You should also do a little soul searching to see if working long hours with little pay and dealing with other peoples kids all day is something you will really enjoy.

If you dont have a passion for children, even when they are sick and grumpy, then an in home daycare is not for you. However, if you make the decision that you are a kid lover and that no matter what this is the profession for you then you should keep on reading for some other tips to help you start your in home daycare.

First, you need to find out what kind of state regulations exist and how they protect the children and the daycare. You will need to see if you can easily implement the regulations or if you will need to add on to your home or make other major changes. Once you determine the regulations you will need to find out about the required insurance for in home daycares. You need to do a cost assessment to see how much getting started will cost and how long you can keep the daycare open without a full house.

You will also need to decide what to charge. The best way to do this is to call several other in home daycares in your area and ask their rates. You might want to pretend like you are a perspective client rather than the competition! Doing this will allow you to get a good idea of the average costs of in home daycare in your area and you can create your prices accordingly.

Additionally, you will need information on how to set up your daycare environment, how to play and teach the kids, and how to advertise your program to the public. Other things you might want to know include creating policies for your daycare, interviewing new clients, keeping records, necessary teacher education, as well as qualifying for federal programs like the USDA food program.

Once you have all of this information gathered you will be more prepared to start your own in home daycare center. Keep in mind it takes time, requires a lot of patience and hard work, but it can be very rewarding.


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